Taking a look back on the best posts of 2012, this one stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Maybe, I just happened to hit a streak of global paleo interest, or maybe the subject matter is international. You be the judge. This post is also relevant because of a recent experience my sister and I had at a midwest Starbucks. At a crowded Starbucks, in a high end mall the day after Christmas, the woman in front of us picking up her hot chocolate from the barrista said, “Is this a skinny hot chocolate?”, (meaning a hot chocolate made with skim milk). The barrista politely replied, “No. Sorry. Let me make another one for you.” Then she said, “Would you like whipped cream on that?” And the woman said, “Of course! It’s Christmas!” Do you see the problem here? Of course you do. Stick to your eating plan and reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle, year ’round. Now, here’s the best post of 21012!
Nutella is Not for Breakfast!
One morning, I went to my favorite French breakfast place, Le Pain Quotidien. I like it there because they serve a number of paleo friendly dishes including egg whites with a mixed green salad. They’re always open to making the plate just how I like it. But, they’re known for their breads and baked goods, and that’s a no-no on the paleo diet. They serve bread with every plate along with a trio of jams and spreads. A gentleman sat at a table next to me and my ears perked up when he ordered the exact same thing I did: mushroom egg white omelet with mixed greens, no dressing. I received my meal first and his came shortly after. The only difference, his plate had two gi-normous slices of bread on it. The first thing he did was reach for the trio of jams, looked in each container, then hailed the server for the “Nutella”, actually their brand of chocolate hazelnut spread called Noisella. When she delivered it, they shared a laugh about how it “was to to die for”. Well, you got that right…I looked up the nutrition info and ounce for ounce, it has the same sugar content in it as a Snickers bar, plus more calories. Especially the way this guy was slathering it on his bread, it was easily 4 tablespoons, or two servings, 42 grams of sugar and 400 calories. Have some common sense. If it looks and tastes rich and chocolaty, it is, and it probably has more sugar in it than a candy bar. I’ve heard the argument, “it’s just chocolate and hazelnuts, all natural”. Here are the ingredients: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, soy lecithin, vanillin (artificial flavoring). Sugar, dairy, and grains (soy) are all of the paleo enemies. You can make a healthier choice.